Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Art Classes and Workshops. All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.
Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide. Learn about sea shells, critters living above and below the sand, pull a small seine net through the shallows and see who swims just below the surface! Step into the salt marsh, get to know the fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, & native plants along with their incredible adaptations for survival. The marsh is easily accessible by way of the hard packed high marsh zone. Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations (912) 266-2473.
Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or tidelands4h.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Rotary Club of St. Simons Island meets at 1 p.m., at the Sea Palms Convention Center, 5445 Frederica Rd. ssirotary.org.
Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or trrl.org.
Eco-Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing, 6 p.m. Each month a new guest speaker will discuss environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing’s beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.
Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.
Adult Pottery Classes, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr., ask for Debbie Craig, (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 1-7 p.m. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends–locals and visitors alike–who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event!
May 1 – 31:
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.
May 1 – 31:
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super kewl! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate’s Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra SLEEPING BEAUTY BALLET! 8 p.m. Chelsea Tipton, II, conductor. Rhonda Stampalia, choreographer. Principal dancers, TBA. Tchaikovsky’s enchanting Sleeping Beauty has captivated audiences for more than a century. Experience it in a full production, featuring dancers from Jacksonville’s own First Coast Nutcracker. Ticket Prices, $35-$65. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jim and Jan Moran Theater, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra CLASSIC SOUL: MOTOWN AND MORE! Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! Michael Krajewski, conductor. Capathia Jenkins & Darius de Haas, guest vocalists. Incomparable vocalists Capathia Jenkins and Darius de Haas celebrate the kings and queens of classic soul. Hit after chart-topping hit from Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and James Brown including “Natural Woman,” “Proud Mary,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Respect,” “The Closer I Get to You” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Blessing of the Fleet! This colorful Portuguese tradition, each Mother’s Day in historic downtown Brunswick, blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park. The Processional begins promptly at 12 noon and lasts about thirty minutes, blessing of the fleet is at 3 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 265-4032.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Season Finale: COURTNEY LEWIS RETURNS! Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Courtney Lewis, conductor. HAYDN Symphony No. 92, “Oxford”. ADES Three Studies from Couperin. BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra. New music director, Courtney Lewis, returns to conduct the final concert of the Masterworks series, featuring Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
12th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest! The event takes place along Beachfront Park near the Jekyll Island Convention Center. After swimming, biking, and running along Jekyll Island’s scenic beaches, roadways, and paved bike paths, crafts and educational activities, provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, will be on-site for turtle enthusiasts of all ages. Events culminate with the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Events benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, 214 Stable Rd. Nest Fest activities and sea turtle release are FREE to the public. Help us continue our mission of conservation through sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education! (912) 635-3636.
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA SPRING FINAL CONCERT! 5 p.m. Publix Super Markets Charities JSYO Series! Scott C. Gregg, JSYO Music Director and Principal Conductor. An inspiring concert featuring all ensembles of the JSYO in their final concert of the season. Ticket prices, $5 child, $10 adult. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra LET FREEDOM RING! 7 p.m. Presented by ARIAS (Amelia Residents In Action for the Symphony). “Let Freedom Ring” is an annual concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra on Amelia Island to kick off Memorial Day Weekend. First Baptist Church, 1600 S. 8th St., Fernandina Beach. ARIAS (Amelia Island Residents in Action for the Symphony) invites you to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and our country with an evening of patriotic favorites. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.